Finance/Business

Petra Robinson crowned Courts St. Lucia Reading Champion 2013

Eight-year-old Petra Robinson from the Plain View Combined School is the new Courts St. Lucia Reading champion and will represent the island at the OECS finals slated for October 31. The Courts Schools Reading Competition targets students between the ages of eight and nine years old and assesses their reading fluency, accuracy, enunciation, smoothness, confidence, expression and more. This being ...

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Digicel to the rescue for shooting victim

St. Lucia’s special needs community is receiving even more assistance as the island’s leading telecommunications provider, Digicel St Lucia, continues to fulfill and live up to its corporate social responsibility. Judy Blondell was the latest recipient of a ramp and railing built to assist her maneuver in and out of her home. Digicel’s flagship community outreach programme, ‘Caring Connections, is ...

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New general manager appointed for Bank of St. Lucia

The East Caribbean Financial Holding Company Limited (ECFH) announces the appointment of Hadyn Gittens as generalmanager (GM) for Bank of Saint Lucia Limited (BOSL), the ECFH Group’s largest subsidiary. Gittens, a Trinidadian by birth, has 28 years of banking experience having worked throughout the Caribbean, leading and managing teams in competitive and results-oriented environments. His areas of expertise include commercial ...

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BOSL leads the way in supporting education modernisation

Students and teachers of the St. Aloysius RC Boys Infant School are now equipped with the tools to maximize the use of information and communication technology and revolutionise the learning experience. Thanks to ECFH and its subsidiary Bank of Saint Lucia, RC Boys Infants now has a brand new computer lab dubbed the Literacy Centre. The facility was officially opened ...

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Reading champ gets Digicel handset

Digicel St. Lucia supported the 5th annual Courts Schools Reading Competition which was held at the Civil Service Association (CSA) Center on September 30, 2013. Petra Robinson of the Plain View Combined School emerged victorious in the competition and received a Digicel DL 600 Android. As the ‘Be Extraordinary’ network, Digicel has always been in the forefront of youth development ...

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LIME gives even more with MyPlan

Last month, LIME introduced MyPlan postpaid mobile, a flexible, affordable package starting at just $49.99 and customizable to the user’s needs and personality. MyPlan includes voice, text messages and data, and gives users the option to tailor the plan to suit with bolt-ons, and even to share a plan with multiple users, be they friends, family or colleagues. Now, though, ...

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Jounen Kwéyòl ek LIME, bagay la bon!

LIME is partnering once again with the Folk Research Centre for Kwéyòl Heritage Month. The company which has been a longstanding sponsor of Saint Lucia’s leading cultural celebration is a major sponsor of this year’s event. LIME is providing the FRC with a cash contribution of $25,000, much of which will go towards supporting the host communities of Grande Riviere, ...

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SLTB/CFL alignment adds significance to Wellness Retreat and Yoplait Walk

An alignment of effort and agendas between the Saint Lucia Health & Wellness Retreat and the annual Yoplait Walk for Cancer aims to heighten awareness leading to behavior change in lifestyles and life choices. Importantly, integrating Health & Wellness Retreat participants with the mass resident crowd that is expected to turn out to walk for cancer will reinforce the universality ...

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ECCB celebrates 30 years of monetary and financial stability in the ECCU

As the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) marked its 30th anniversary on 1 October, Governor of the ECCB, the Honourable Sir K Dwight Venner says, maintaining the stability of the EC Dollar and the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) financial system has been the Bank’s major achievement over the years of its existence. The EC Dollar has been pegged to ...

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Customs brokers trained through ASYCUDA to guard against importation of toxic chemicals

The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy Science and Technology on Monday, September 30, 2013 and Tuesday, October 1,2013 trained 21 customs brokers to guard against the importation of toxic chemicals, pesticides and other harmful products, through the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World. The training workshop was designed to build the capacity of customs brokers to better identify, analyse ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean upgrades ABM machines

CIBC FirstCaribbean is refurbishing and upgrading its instant teller (ABM) machines throughout the Caribbean. Recently, two instant teller machines at the bank’s Bridge Street Branch were refreshed as part of this project. The newly-installed instant teller machines now feature a more reliable ABM service as well as an enhanced overall appearance, with the installation of branded informational ABM surrounds that ...

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King confirmed for CAB event

Brett King, an expert on retail banking innovation and customer experience, will be the keynote speaker at the Caribbean Association of Banks’ 40th Annual General Meeting and Conference, scheduled for November 13-16, 2013  at Sandals Grande Beach Resort and Spa in Gros Islet. King is the founder and CEO of the breakout direct mobile bank Moven and has achieved widespread ...

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Digicel supports Junior Achievement

As Junior Achievement St Lucia continues to nurture and develop young entrepreneurial skills among the youth island wide, Digicel St Lucia has once again committed its support to the programme for another year. A concept which originated in Colorado Springs was founded in the year 1919 where their sole goal was to teach students financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. ...

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NWU and Moorings St. Lucia to meet

Management of The Moorings St. Lucia Ltd. and National Workers Union (NWU) officials are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 to discuss the future of their industrial relationship. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. at the Union’s head office. According to a press release, the NWU has been the bargaining representative of the company’s employees for over nine ...

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Scratch and Win over $50,000 in cash and prizes with Digicel

As Digicel customers continue to enjoy the value available to them through either talk, text or data a new fun and thrilling promotion has been launched to allow every Digicel customer the chance to win thousands of dollars in cash with “Digicel Scratch and Win” promotion. Postpaid and prepaid customers will both have the opportunity to spell Digicel and win ...

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Encore does it again!

An electrified crowd of mostly Sandals team members yearned for more as the curtains came down on the resort-company’s annual Encore talent competition in St. Lucia on the weekend. The keenly contested showdown proved that Sandals employees are able in more than their day-to-day responsibilities. Every Sandals, Beaches and Grande Pineapple Island were proficiently represented except for Grenada where the ...

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Customer wins grand prize in Digicel’s Text to Win promotion, donates prize to C.A.R.E. school

Ulynder Charles, a hard-working dedicated mother and grandmother, could not contain her excitement as the top-prize winner of Digicel’s August Text to Win promotion, as she collected her prizes from Digicel’s Fiona Smith. In addition to providing school scholarships and rewarding the top five students at this years’ Common Entrance Examination, Digicel continued in its efforts to assist persons with ...

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NRG Energy and Digicel partner to bring renewable, affordable and reliable electricity to the people of the Caribbean

 NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) and Digicel today jointly announced at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York a partnership to acquire, construct and operate renewable energy projects under development in the Caribbean region. NRG and Digicel stand ready to bring financial and environmental benefits to the governments, utilities and peoples of the Caribbean in a venture that could ...

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Deadline for submissions to 2014 Business Awards one month away!

October 25, 2013 is the deadline date for submissions to the 2014 St. Lucia Business Awards. 2014 marks the fifth year of celebration of excellence within St. Lucia’s business community. The Awards reward excellence in various categories and celebrates the best qualities of corporate St. Lucia. The Business Awards committee continues to seek ways to improve not just the actual ...

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Ministry of Tourism clears the air on late payment of Carnival prizes

The Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and the Creative Industries has been clearing the air about the delay in payment for Carnival. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and the Creative Industries, Donovan Williams, explained that though Carnival falls under his ministry’s portfolio, the dynamics of the festival is coordinated by the Carnival Stakeholders Committee. And as such, the ...

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Police and LIME team up for road safety

LIME has joined forces with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force in a historic collaboration that is helping the Traffic Department transform its operations with the help of LIME’s 4G mobile data network. Armed with technology provided by Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s only fully integrated telecommunications provider, traffic officers can now establish an immediate connection with the Transport Board’s ...

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Talented teen cricketer gets support from BOSL

Bank of Saint Lucia (BOSL) this week gave a fitting send-off to one of St. Lucia’s brightest cricketing prospects and aspiring future West Indies opening batsman, Tarryck Gabriel. Tarryck, who has been selected on the West Indies Under-19 cricket team, got a brand new kit compliments BOSL, complete with bats, pads, gloves and other cricket gear. The presentation followed a ...

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BOSL invests in future chefs

Bank of Saint Lucia (BOSL) has teamed up with the St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association (SLHTA) to support the Chefs in Schools Programme. The Entrepot Secondary School was the second school tour sponsored by BOSL following a visit to the Micoud Secondary School earlier this year. The Chef in Schools Programme provides hotel and restaurant chefs the opportunity to ...

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KFC donates $3,000 to Community Outreach Grooming Service Project

On Monday, September 16, KFC donated $3,000 to the Community Outreach Grooming Service which has partnered with Cutty Ranks Barbershop. The objective of the Community Outreach Grooming Service Project is mainly to provide an adequate level of grooming assistance to those in need of it. The project provides a grooming service to students who cannot afford to undergo that expense ...

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LIME offers exclusive $1 a day deal for teachers and students

Just weeks after the successful launch of MyPlan for postpaid users, LIME has announced a special package for select groups of prepaid customers. The Teacher/Student Value Plan (TSV) allows educators and pupils alike the opportunity to input a unique PIN and get talk, text and data for just $30 a month, or a dollar a day. The package includes 50MB ...

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Winner of Courts 5th Annual Schools Reading Competition to represent St. Lucia in OECS finals

Courts St. Lucia, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour is proud to announce the local finals of the 5th annual Schools Reading Competition. Eight students hailing from schools around the island will compete in the local finals for a chance at winning $2000 cash for him/herself, $2000 cash for his/her school and the bragging ...

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Courts St. Lucia launches 5th Schools Reading Competition finals

Eight schools from the eight education districts around the island get set to compete in the 5th Annual “Courts Schools Reading Competition” finals, scheduled to be held on Monday, September 30 at the CSA Centre in Sans Souci. The competition organized by Courts, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, encourages reading among the youth, ...

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New global sustainable development goals must consider Caribbean islands

Caribbean countries at the 68th United Nations General Assembly being held in New York in September 2013 need to put forward a strong Caribbean position on the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are due to expire in 2015, to a new global framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Nicole Leotaud, executive director of the Caribbean Natural Resources ...

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CFL gets new managing director

The Board of Consolidated Foods Ltd. (CFL) has announced the appointment of Martin Dorville to the position of managing director of the company effective October 1, 2013. The company has described Dorville as a “dedicated, organized and respected business executive” with over 22 years business experience, 18 of which have been in the grocery retail industry. Dorville steps into the ...

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LIAT’s Board of Directors accepts Brunton’s resignation

The Board of Directors of LIAT (1974) Limited advises that it has accepted the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Ian Brunton effective October 1, 2013. Julie Reifer-Jones has been appointed to act as chief executive officer. The Board of Directors thanks Brunton for his service and wishes him every success in his future endeavours.

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St. Lucia businesses call on government for VAT reduction

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Tuesday September 24, 2013 CMC – The St. Lucia Employers Federation (SLEF) is calling on the government to lower the near one-year old Value Added Tax (VAT) so as to provide “some breathing space” to local business in the face of job losses and business closures. “This reduction will provide members some breathing space as the slowdown ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean employees to Walk for the Cure again in 2013

The 2013 CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk/Run for the Cure is definitely on! Again this year, employees, their friends and families will take part in the event, in a bid to raise awareness of and support for the fight against all types of cancer. CIBC FirstCaribbean’s 17 businesses across the Caribbean will either host their own event or will join one of ...

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Prime minister to attend meetings in New York

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony travels to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UN) and to hold bilateral meetings with several member countries of the UN. While in New York, he will also attend the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, which is expected to take place in New York City from September 23 to 26, ...

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Caribbean Rastafari Organisation to host executive council meeting in St. Lucia

The Caribbean Rastafari Organisation (CRO) will be holding an executive council meeting in St. Lucia from Friday 27 September to Sunday 29 2013. The purpose of the meeting is to strategize and prioritize the programs of the regional network for the next five years. The CRO which was conceptualized out of the International Rastafari Conference, Trade Fair and Cultural Expo ...

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Glimpse of vanishing Saint Lucian architecture comes to New York

A new publication highlighting the Ti Kay, a disappearing part of Saint Lucian architecture launches in the US on September 29, 2013. Written by Elma Felix, Ti Kay Nou will walk the reader through small wooden houses which are a disappearing part of the local Saint Lucian landscape. All eleven districts on the island are represented, making Ti Kay Nou ...

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LUCELEC scholarship holders to attend study skills workshop

The St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) will on Saturday September 21, 2013 host a day long study skills workshop for its twenty-one scholarship holders. It will be held under the theme, “Laying the Foundation for Success – Improve Study Skills, your roadmap to success.” Teaching the workshop will be the Managing Director of the Celestial Self Development Centre, Thecla ...

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Winners of Super J IGA Summer Fun promotion treated to private pizza party

Pizza Pizza is well known for creating an atmosphere where kids can have fun while enjoying great food. If you passed by the food outlet on the weekend of September seventh and eighth, you would notice that the atmosphere was even more bubbly and charged than normal. Melodic echoes of merry making could be heard from a distance, as kids enjoyed the bouncing castles, ...

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Stratosphere Muzic signs worldwide distribution deal

Saint Lucian record label Stratosphere Muzic has signed a worldwide agreement with music distribution company, Believe Digital. Courtney “Curty” Louis, the Owner and CEO of Stratosphere Muzic signed the deal with the global brand that has offices in all key markets throughout the world including the UK, France, the United States, Thailand and Japan in July 2013. Described as the ...

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LUCELEC rewards employees of the Second Quarter

Ignatius Mathurin and Malika Alphonse have been named the St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) Employees of the Second Quarter. The two employees were recognized for the period April 1 to June 30, 2013. Ignatius Mathurin is a Cleaner/Mechanic Helper in the Generation Department. He joined the company in 2011 on a short term contract and was appointed to his ...

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LUCELEC employees demonstrate ‘power of caring’

St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) Generation Department is partnering with the Lady Gordon Opportunity Centre. The collaboration was initiated by LUCELEC Employee Graham King following a sign language course he took at the school. While there, King recognized the needs of the Ciceron based school – from infrastructure to maintenance and convinced his fellow staffers in the Department to ...

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Digicel launches the new youthful and fun Blackberry Q10 and Blackberry Q5 in the Caribbean and Panama

Digicel today announced the new BlackBerry® Q5 smartphone is now available in the Caribbean and Panama. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone features a QWERTY keyboard in a stunning youthful design and comes pre-loaded with the new BlackBerry® 10 OS version 10.1 software. Every feature, every part of the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone has been built to provide a fast, effortless experience that ...

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LIME launches new BlackBerry Q5 in Saint Lucia!

LIME and BlackBerry® (BB) (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone is now available in Saint Lucia. The Q5 features a QWERTY keyboard in a stunning youthful design and comes pre-loaded with the new BlackBerry 10.1 software. Every feature, every part of the BlackBerry Q5 has been built to provide a fast, effortless experience that flows ...

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FIFA Regional Development Officer visits St. Lucia

Mr. Howard McIntosh FIFA Regional Development Officer will be visiting St. Lucia from the 19 -21 September 2013. During his visit, Mr. McIntosh will visit the following sites: The Goal Project Special Projects While here on island Mr. Mc Intosh will be seeking an update on: Grassroots Com-Unity Seminar Discussions and plans for the PERFORMANCE Program and specifically dates for ...

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LIME customers enjoy Yonn Sèl Pwi!

Every year LIME celebrates Jounen Kwéyòl in a big way with its customers by sprucing up its stores with Kwéyòl decorations to delight them and rewarding with Kwéyòl goodies and a variety of great deals and specials. This year the company is already gearing up for Creole Heritage Month with the launch of a new commercial that is sure to ...

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Dr. Kentry JnPierre to address FRC Annual General Meeting

Dr. Kentry JnPierre, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industries and Heritage, will be the guest speaker at the Annual General Meeting of the Folk Research Centre (FRC) on Saturday, September 21. Dr. JnPierre, a former executive director of the FRC, holds responsibility for the creative industries in the ministry. He will be speaking on the topic “The ...

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PM to address high level Caribbean forum

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will host the 2013 High Level Caribbean Forum from September 19 to 20, in Nassau, The Bahamas. Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has been invited to deliver one of the Keynote Addresses at ...

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“Make MyPlan your plan!” say new LIME ambassadors

Seven of St Lucia’s most popular and exciting personalities have teamed up with Saint Lucia’s only fully integrated telecommunications provider and they will all serve as product ambassadors for one of the company’s most exciting new products. They include six of the island’s leading radio announcers, namely Masana Morrison of the Wave, Radio Caribbean’s Levi Chin, Scady Dot P of ...

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Caribbean closer to fostering entrepreneurial spirit among youth

The Caribbean is even closer to fostering an entrepreneurial spirit among the region’s young people through CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank’s renewal of its partnership with a regional youth entrepreneurship organisation. CIBC FirstCaribbean and the Caribbean Centre of Excellence of Youth Entrepreneurship (CEYE) recently entered into a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue their successful strategic partnership. The MOU solidifies ...

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ATR and LIAT sign Global Maintenance Agreement

The European manufacturer of turboprop aircraft ATR and the Caribbean carrier LIAT have announced the signature of a Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) for the airline’s new fleet of ATR -600 aircraft. Signed for an initial period of 10 years, the contract will cover the four ATR 42-600s and four ATR 72-600s that will be operated by the airline in the ...

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Government of Canada makes visa application easier

The Government of Canada today announced the opening of a new visa application centre (VAC) in Port of Spain to make the process of applying  for a visa to enter Canada easier and more convenient. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is expanding its VAC network around the world to provide valuable administrative support to applicants before, during and after their ...

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National Security Council hosts inaugural meeting

The Government of Saint Lucia has formed a National Security Council to co-ordinate the activities of the state agencies engaged in maintaining the security of the state. Cabinet gave its approval for the formation of the Council in January, 2013. The Council consists of the following representatives: Prime Minister (Chairman); Minister for National Security (Deputy Chairman); Minister for Tourism, Heritage ...

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Online Top Up customer wins $3,000 cash

Digicel’s online customers got rewarded and won big as $3,000 cash was given to Caniscia Henry who walked away a winner this summer for just topping up online. Many customers top up online as this serves as one of the more convenient ways of replenishing their credit to stay connected to love ones. By logging on to www.digicelstlucia.com, prepaid customers ...

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LIME Back-to-School promo brings joy to Choiseul family

LIME has brought great joy to another delighted customer and her family through its just-concluded Back-to-School promotion. Annatalia Charles, an Aeronautical Information Service clerk at Hewanorra International Airport, was the second winner of a Lenovo netbook in the promotion, and that makes her a very happy customer indeed, for several reasons. Annatalia, who is from Choiseul, recently signed up for ...

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LIME to launch the exciting new BlackBerry Q5 in Saint Lucia

Following its mega-launch of the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smartphones, Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications provider LIME has announced that the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will be available in stores in the coming weeks. “Working with BlackBerry, we successfully launched the Z10 and Q10 in Saint Lucia and both were winners especially among our corporate and business clients. ...

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Karib Cable workers vote in secret ballot poll

Technicians and linesmen employed with Karib Cable participated in a secret ballot poll on Thursday, September 12, 2013. The secret ballot poll which was undertaken by the Ministry of Labour was supervised by Labour Inspector, Ms. Beverly Dubois. The process when completed will determine one way or another, the wishes of the workers in support of the recognition claim made ...

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Football fever as Digicel launches “Win with Chelsea” competition

Digicel today announced the launch of its “Win with Chelsea” competition in which 11 lucky customers from across the region will each win a trip to London, England to see Chelsea take on Manchester United live at Stamford Bridge. Digicel’s partnership with Chelsea sees it conduct the Digicel Kick Start Clinics programme across 11 markets in the Caribbean and Central ...

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Public sector negotiations critical to economic prospects – PM

Public sector wage and pension negotiations between governments and trade unions have been billed a major deciding factor for the success of efforts to grow and stabilise the economies of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. OECS heads of governments have decided to convene a meeting between all eight members of the Monetary Council and public sector trade unions to discuss ...

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Pay day for ECCO members

The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc., the St. Lucia-based music royalty collection and distribution organization, will today make royalty payments to its local members and members of international affiliates totaling some $340,000. These payments will include: – * Fees collected in the ECCO territories for the period January 1 – December 31, 2012 from broadcasting and ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean executive chairman to retire; bank names its head office building in his honour

The Board of CIBC FirstCaribbean has announced that Executive Chairman Michael Mansoor will retire at the end of the financial year, on October 31, 2013. The announcement came as the bank paid tribute to Mansoor on September 5 at a ceremony to name its head office building in his honour. Chief Executive Officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean, Rik Parkhill, paid tribute ...

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Eastern Caribbean Monetary Council considers amalgamation of OECS banks

The Eastern Caribbean Monetary Council is considering a proposed amalgamation of the region’s banks in order to create more efficiency and stability within the financial system. There are currently over three dozen banks listed across the OECS region where individual countries hold responsibility for licensing banks in their respective territories. It is a situation which is described by Governor of ...

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Young Jenai Joseph benefits from 26ft ramp access

St. Lucia’s special needs community is receiving more assistance as the island’s leading telecommunications provider Digicel continues to fulfill and live up to its corporate social responsibility. Digicel’s Caring Connections programme is a nationwide intervention thrust designed to lend tangible assistance to scores of individuals and families with special-needs. Monchy Primary School, like many others, has a robust mix of ...

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BOSL launches new TV magazine

Bank of Saint Lucia, the island’s leading financial institution, continues to innovate the way it communicates with its customers and the wider community. The company has just launched its fresh, minted TV magazine called Money Talks. This new TV programme, which replaces Financial Focus, sees a fully revamped format. Money Talks covers an array of subjects designed with the viewers’ ...

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